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Madeline and Azlan Lift Irish Trophies

Match Reports
Qualifying Round One Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
Finals Gallery
Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open 2010
Men's Draw
30 Aug - 04 Sep, Dublin, $25k
Round One
01 Sep
02 Sep
03 Sep
04 Sep
[1] Azlan Iskandar (Mas)
11/5, 11/8, 11/3 (28 m
John Rooney (Irl)
Azlan Iskandar
11/5, 11/9, 11/4,
36 mins

Chris Simpson
Azlan Iskandar
11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (38m)
Chris Ryder
Azlan Iskandar
11/9, 8/11, 9/11, 13/11, 11/5 (100 m)
Borja Golan
[8] Chris Simpson (Eng)
 11/7,11/3,11/5 46m
[Q] Kristian Frost (Den)
[3] Joey Barrington (Eng)
11/8, 3/11, 11/7, 11/5 (59m)
Yann Perrin (Fra)
Joey Barrington
11/8, 11/7, 9/11, 11/8 (77 mins)
Chris Ryder
[5] Chris Ryder (Eng)
11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (43m)
Julien Balbo (Fra)
[Q] Greg Marche (Fra)
13/11, 11/3, 11/7. 40m
[6] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
Greg Marche
11/8, 11/8, 12/10
(33 mins)

Bradley Hindle
Greg Marche
8-11, 11-0, 9-11, 11-1, 11-4 (66m)
Borja Golan
[Q] Bradley Hindle (Mlt)
12/10, 12/10, 3/11, 4/11, 11/5. 68m
[4] Nicolas Mueller (Sui)
[Q] Borja Golan (Esp)
11/7, 11/8, 11/5. 44m
[7] Mark Krajcsak (Hun)
Borja Golan
11/7, 11/9, 11/7
(46 mins)

Mathieu Castagnet
Mathieu Castagnet (Fra)
9/11, 4/11, 11/4, 11/4, 11/5. 72m
[2] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open 2010
Women's Draw
30 Aug - 04 Sep, Dublin, $25k
Round One
01 Sep
02 Sep
03 Sep
04 Sep
[1] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/9, 11/4, 11/4 (25 mins)
[Q] Sina Wall (Ger)
Madeline Perry
11/7, 11/5, 11/3 25 mins
Victoria Lust
Madeline Perry
8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 (66m)
Laura Massaro
Madeline Perry
13/11, 11/8, 11/6 (44 mins)
Vanessa Atkinson
[8] Alana Miller (Can)
11/8, 11/6, 11/8. (37m)
[Q] Victoria Lust (Eng)
[4] Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/5, 11/2, 11/4 (25m)
Alexandra Norman (Can)
Laura Massaro
7/11, 11/2, 8/11, 11/3 ,11/8   60 mins
Sarah Kippax
[6] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
10/12,11/8, 11/7, 11/3, 44 m
[Q] Laura Hill (Eng)
[Q] Leonie Holt (Eng)
 11/7, 11/6, 9/11, 11/6. (45m)
[7] Aisling Blake (Irl)
Aisling Blake
11/4, 11/4, 9/11, 11/3 (42 mins)
Natalie Grinham
Aisling Blake
11-7, 11-6, 12-10 (42m)
Vanessa Atkinson
Annelize Naudť (Ned)
 11/8, 3/11, 11/5, 8/11, 11/5. (36m)
[3] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
Lauren Siddall (Eng)
11/3, 11/3, 117. (23m)
[5] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
Vanessa Atkinson
11/7, 11/6, 11/7
(23 mins)

Natalie Grainger
Sharon Wee (Mas)
 11/4, 11/6, 11/6. (20m)
[2] Natalie Grainger (Usa)


Irelandís Madeline Perry won her 4th Canon Kirk Irish Open with an excellent display against against Vanessa Atkinson of the Netherlands.  Perry won by three games to love.  The first game could have gone either way.  Indeed, Atkinson had a game ball at 11 Ė 10.  Perry was making plenty of uncharacteristic errors in the first game while Atkinson played the short game very well.  The turning point of the match came in the 2nd game when Perry, who was leading 8 Ė 6 at the time, won a 60 shot rally.  Atkinson tired visibly after this point and she seemed deflated while Perry, who is one of the hardest hitters in the game upped her pace and intensity to take the 2nd game 11- 8 and she raced through the 3rd game 11 Ė 6.  It captures another great success for the Banbridge woman coming just two weeks after her victory in the Australian Open.


The Menís title was won by the Malaysian Azlan Iskander who beat Spainís Borja Golan in an epic 5 game match.  Indeed Golan, had two match balls in the 4th game.  The first 4 games were very tightly contested but Iskanderís greater fitness levels showed winning the decider 11 Ė 6.

Isklander employed the drop shot to great effect while Golanís reflexes and retrieving were excellent. All in all, the Malaysian probably just about deserved to win his first Irish Open while Perry will be thrilled with her victory.

Semi Finals

Top Seeds Make Irish Open Finals In Dublin


Both top seeds will contest the finals of the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open in Dublin Ė but against unexpected opponents on the final day of the established men's and women's Tour event at the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club.


Mohd Azlan Iskandar, the 2008 runner-up from Malaysia who is the men's favourite, cruised to his third successive straight games win in the $25,000 PSA World Tour event by beating England's fifth seed Chris Ryder 11-8, 11-4, 11-2.


The 28-year-old world No14 from Kuala Lumpur is celebrating the 15th Tour final appearance of his career, and the third of the year.


Spaniard Borja Golan reached his third PSA final of the year as a qualifier Ė and notched up the 30th of his career - after battling to an 8-11, 11-0, 9-11, 11-1, 11-4 win over fellow qualifier Gregoire Marche, of France.


Golan, a former world No10, is on a comeback trail after undergoing major knee surgery.  Ranked outside the top 100 four months ago, the 27-year-old has already made significant progress - with two Tour titles under his belt since June.


Irish star Madeline Perry earned her fifth appearance in the women's $25,300 WISPA World Tour event final after beating England's fourth seed Laura Massaro, the 2008 champion, 8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 11-9 in a keenly-contested 66-minute encounter.


The 33-year-old from Banbridge, near Belfast, earned the biggest title of her career at the Australian Open last month Ė and will be hoping to win her fourth Irish Open title since 2005.


But the top seed's opponent will be Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from the Netherlands whom she has not beaten in six Tour meetings since 2002 Ė two of which have been in the Irish Open (in 2003 and 2004).


Atkinson, the fifth seed, denied the crowd the event's first ever all-Irish final when she beat Aisling Blake, the No7 seed from Sligo, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10.


The win takes Atkinson into her second WISPA final of the year Ė but the 38th of her career.


Quarter Finals

Irelandís Aisling Blake, seeded no. 7 had a fantastic win over the current world number 7 and former world no. 2, Natalie Grinham (NED).  Aisling proved herself to be the fitter, faster and more consistent player despite Natalieís impressive international career. A winner of 13 WISPA titles, this is Natalieís first tournament following the birth of her baby son Kieran 2 months ago.


Irelandís other female contestant also progressed to the semi-finals. Madeline Perry, seeded no. 1 and world ranked no. 6, had a straight forward win over Englandís Victoria Lust who came through from the qualifiers.


In the menís draw, number 3 seed Joey Barrington (ENG) was defeated by number 5 seed Chris Ryder, also of England.

Round One


Irish number one and number one seed in the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open, Madeline Perry had a smooth win over Sina Wall of Germany in straight sets. This performance keeps Madeline on track for her fourth Irish Open title.


Irelandís Aisling Blake also progressed to the quarter-finals, beating Leonie Holt of England in four sets.


In the menís event, seeds tumbled to qualifiers in the lower half of the draw. Mark Krajcsak (HUN) seeded 7 had the toughest opponent in former winner, Spanish Borja Golan, who came through in three straight sets. Borja, a former world no. 10, had to come through the qualifiers and is clearly back in form and a serious contender for the title.


Qualifier Bradley Hindle (MLT) had an impressive victory over no. 4 seed Nicolas Mueller (SUI), coming through in four sets.


Frenchman Gregoire Marche accounted for the defeat of former Cannon Kirk finalist Davide Bianchetti (ITA), seeded 6. Bianchetti looked out of form, losing to a more consistent player.


Finally, fellow Frenchman Castagnet beat no. 2 seed Stewart Boswell of Australia in a five set marathon lasting 72 minutes.


Elsewhere in the womenís event, former world no. 1 Natalie Grainger (USA) had an easy win over Sharon Wee of Malaysia. Natalie Gringham (NED) seeded 3 and competing in her first event since having a baby two months ago, came through a tough match against Annelize Naude (NED) in five sets.


Former Irish Open champion and world number 1 Vanessa Atkinson (NED) had an easy win over qualifier Lauren Siddall (ENG). Qualifier Victoria Lust (ENG) took out number 8 seed Alanna Miller (CAN), who plans to study medicine this year in NUI Galway.



Dark horse Borja Golan, who has been out of the game for 10 months and is a former winner of the competition, had to come through the qualifying draw in the Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Squash Open. He slipped easily into the main draw of the competition this afternoon, beating Joel Hinds of England in three sets.


Brandley Hindle of Malta came through a very contentious five set victory over Shaun Le Roux of England, in a match that lasted 93 minutes.


The main draw of the competition begins tomorrow, where Irelandís Madeline Perry, recent winner of the Australian Open plays English qualifier Sina Wall at 7pm. Madeline is the top seed in a very competitive draw which sees two former world number ones; Vanessa Atkinson and Natalie Grainger.


Irelandís Aisling Blake of Sligo is seeded seven, and is drawn against qualifier Leonie Holt, playing at 6pm tomorrow. Aisling has recently reached a ranking of 24 in the world.


The qualifying rounds for the 2010 Canon Kirk Irish Squash Open began today at Fitzwilliam. Unfortunately, Irelandís Arthur Gaskin, Keith Moran and Niall Rooney both lost in the opening round.  Irish hopes for this evening rest on Derek Ryan who is currently taking on Englandís Shaune le Roux who has just won the opening game.   Ryan is fresh from winning the World over 40ís Masters title in Germany at the weekend.    Former winner, Borja Golan, who has been out of the game injured for ten months, came through his opening qualifying match today.


Englandís Leonie Holt and Canadaís Samantha Cornett had noteable victories in the Ladies competition, both coming from two games down to win their matches.


Ladies Singles 

Maud Duplomb (FRA) bt Sandra Polak (AUT) 11/7, 11/3, 11/8   20 Mins

Sina Wall (GER) bt Emily Whitlock (ENG) 11/5, 11/7, 11/7   32 Mins

Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt Carrie Ramsey (ENG)  11/8, 11/8, 11/8  36 Mins

Leonie Holt (ENG) bt Celia Allamargot (FRA)  7/11, 6/11, 11/6, 12/10, 11/6  43 Mins

Samantha Cornett (CAN) bt Zephanie Curgenven (ENG)   13/11, 11/5, 8/11, 9/11, 11/5  32 Mins

Laura Hill (ENG) bt Coline Aumard (FRA)  11/4, 11/8, 11/2  18 Mins

Lotte Eriksen (NOR) bt Olga Ertlova (CZE)  11/4, 11/9, 11/9  47 Mins



Menís Singles

Borja Golan (ESP) bt Ben Ford (ENG)  11/4, 11/4, 11/3   30 Mins

Joel Hinds (ENG) bt Jens Schoor (GER)  12/10, 8/11, 11/5, 11/5   50 Mins

Brandley Hindle (MLT) bt Arthur Gaskin (IRL)  11/9, 11/7, 11/8    40 Mins

Christian Frost Olesen (DEN) bt Neil Hitchens (ENG) 11/6, 11/7, 5/11, 12/10    59 Mins

Matthew Kawalski (AUS) bt Keith Moran (IRL)  11/8, 11/2, 11/7  21 Mins

Gregorie Marche (FRA) bt Niall Rooney (IRL) 11/7, 11/9, 11/7    29 Mins

Shaun Le Roux (ENG) bt Derek Ryan (IRL)  11/7, 11/7, 11/7  31 Mins

Jaymie Haycocks (ENG) bt Peidro Schweertman (NED)  14/16, 11/4, 11/3, 8/11, 11/9  69 Mins


Australian Open Champion Madeline Perry Leads Field In Cannon Kirk Irish Open


The 2010 Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open has attracted a World Class field in the Womenís and Menís draws.  Organisers are thrilled that the event which had to be cancelled in April due to the volcanic ash cloud has attracted a stronger entry than ever before.


A particularly strong Womenís draw is headed by Irish number 1 Madeline Perry who has just won the Australian Open  and will undoubtedly be ranked in the world top 5 in the next ranking in September. Madeline already has a win over world number 1, Nicol David, (Malaysia) and world Number 2, Jenny Duncalf (England). Natalie Grainger of the USA is seeded at 2 in the draw.


Two previous World Champions, Natalie Grainger and Vanessa Atkinson also compete in the event, where all the top seeds are in the top twenty six players in the World.

Irelandís Aisling Blake, who is currently at her highest World ranking of twenty six, is 8th seed.


The Menís event sees the return of Mohd Azlan Iskandar who is currently ranked fourteen in the World.  Top seed Iskandar, a finalist in 2008, will hope to go one step further this year.  Hot on his heels is second seed, Australian Stewart Boswell, who is currently ranked eighteen in the World.  With the return from injury of former Irish Open champion, Spainís Borja Golan, the top seeds are guaranteed a tough passage if they are to reach the final.


Irelandís John Rooney, who is currently ranked eighty one in the world has received a wild card entry to the tournament.


The qualifying competition starts on the 30th August in Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club in Ranelagh.  Main draw matches begin on 1st September at 2pm.  Entry to all rounds is free!